The Terror Presidency

Law and Judgment Inside the Bush Administration

Jack Goldsmith (Author)


A New York Times Bestseller

A central player’s account of the clash between the rule of law and the necessity of defending America.

Jack Goldsmith’s duty as head of the Office of Legal Counsel was to advise President Bush on what he could and could not do . . . legally. Immediately after taking the job in October 2003, Goldsmith began to see that the work of his predecessors, whose opinions were the legal framework governing the conduct of the military and intelligence agencies in the war on terror, were deeply flawed.Goldsmith is a conservative lawyer who understands the imperative of averting another 9/11. But his unflinching insistence that we abide by the law put him on a collision course with powerful figures in the administration. In The Terror Presidency he shows how Bush damaged his own presidency and compromised the ability of his successors to respond forcefully in times of crisis.

Book Details

  • Paperback
  • April 2009
  • ISBN 978-0-393-33533-0
  • 5.5 × 8.3 in / 272 pages
  • Sales Territory: Worldwide

Endorsements & Reviews

“Chilling. . . . The portrait of the Bush administration that Mr. Goldsmith draws in this book is a devastating one. . . . Illuminating.” — Michiko Kakutani, New York Times

“An important book—a genuine service to national interest—on several levels.” — Timothy Rutten, Los Angeles Times

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